Feel The Love

Somuma is excited to announce our participation in the Austin Music Foundation's Music Industry Expo 2017 - Feel The Love.  

We'd be happy to have Somuma participate as an exhibitor at this year's music industry expo. We believe that as a not-for-profit public service project, Somuma fits into the guidelines of community music support organizations.
Allegra Benz, Marketing & Events Manager, Austin Music Foundation

Somuma will be showcase our Digital Album and Social Music Marketing services.

John Guertin of CleaRights Music Publishing is hosting our table and sharing information about our public services for songwriters, recording artists and community organizations.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler will kick off the event with opening remarks. The evening will be hosted by KUTX’s Matt Reilly, and there will be a special guest appearance from SaulPaul!

Participating nonprofits and music support organizations include: Arts & Entertainment Legal Clinic, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Austin Federation of Musicians, Austin Independent Business Alliance, Austin School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Beyond the Grade, Black Fret, Central Texas Bluegrass Association, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin, Kids in a New Groove, KUTX, Music Moves Mountains Foundation, Rancho Alegre Radio, SaulPaul’s Music Career Expo, SIMS Foundation, Somuma, Swan Songs, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Texas Music Museum, and Texas Music Office.

Attendance is FREE and open to the public.

Musicians Join Together

February 1, 2017

Musicians Join Together on Community Digital Album "Swimming in Blackwater - West" in Support of Camp of the Sacred Stones.

I was asked, “When do you consider this pipeline issue to be over?” I said, when every pipe is out of the ground and the earth is repaired across the United States. I am not negotiating, I am not backing down. I must stand for our grandchildren and for the water.”   ~ LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Founder, Camp of the Sacred Stones

Inspired by LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, the woman who initiated of the nonviolent movement against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, songwriters Barbara K and Wolfgang Pracht created the Swimming In Blackwater project to support water protectors standing with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Co-Produced by songwriters Jess Klein and Mike June, Swimming In Blackwater - West is the first of several planned community digital albums to benefit the Camp of the Sacred Stones in their efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Contributing Artists include: Malcolm Holcomb, Peter Mulvey, Barbara K, Jess Klein, Mike June, Rod Picott, Gaelynn Lea, Chip Robinson, Havilah Rand, Jared Tyler, nerdcore pioneer MC Frontalot, and rockabilly group Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers. 

The album is available via SOMUMA (Social Music Marketeers), a public service project launched by K and Pracht enabling "songwriters and musicians to empower ourselves and our communities through the power of our music." 

SOMUMA utilizes CD Baby’s MP3 Music Player service for embedding the digital album on anyone's website, encouraging sales across the Internet. Artists, fans and supporters spread the word, raising awareness of and funds for Camp of the Sacred Stones.

Swimming in Blackwater gained momentum when Klein and June visited the project’s creators during their tour in Germany in September 2016. Barbara K had recorded "Swimming in Blackwater", a song she wrote with Wolfgang Pracht, written from the perspective of a turtle swimming through the oil-polluted waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  

Klein describes her reasons for engagement: "Not only are the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe standing up for their land, their sovereignty, their right to clean water, and the protection of our planet, they are also setting an example for all concerned citizens in the world to follow - activism rooted in spiritual belief.  Each day of the DAPL protests started with the tribal chiefs leading a prayer for all present and also praying for the Army Corps, the people threatening them.  This is the powerful example we all need to follow as the shadows and fear of humanity threaten to overpower us.  The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, like MLK or Gandhi, are finding a way to say "yes" to the greater power of love and humanity to overcome fear.

Malcolm Holcombe puts it succinctly: "Water is life.  What else is there to say?"

For Press Inquiries, please contact Jess Klein, msklein121@gmail.com.

For the Camp of the Sacred Stones

In October of 2016, Sihasin and the Jones Benally Family, Jess Klein and Mike June visited with Barbara K and Wolfgang Pracht of Sparrows Wheel in a small farming village in western Germany.  

We decided to take a stand. 

We decided to lend our music and our voices in solidarity with the people standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Together, we launched a digital album project and called it Swimming In Blackwater. We intended to help raise awareness and funds for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Dakota Access Pipeline Fund.

In December of 2016, with a halt placed on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called for people to leave the camps and go home.

Our project designed to support the people at the camps, were it to continue, would be in conflict with the Chairman's request for people to leave the camps.
But in our hearts we knew the conflict was not over. 

Many recording artists had begun expressing their interest in contributing, so we looked to see if there was another community organization whom we could support.

Camp of the Sacred Stones was the first organized camp to take on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Camp of the Sacred Stones and owner of the land on which the camp was founded, was quoted in the UK Guardian on the day the construction was halted as saying “We stand. We don’t move. We don’t go nowhere. We came to fight a black snake. Until it’s dead, we stand. That doesn’t mean put it five miles up the river. That means kill it dead.”

Jess Klein and Mike June offered to co-produce a digital album supporting the Camp Of The Sacred Stones, where the people and the land came together and founded the movement of nonviolent protection of the Missouri River.  People at the Camp of the Sacred Stones are remaining vigilant.  We honor their spirits and support their endeavors to protect the water for all people and all living beings.

Swimming In Blackwater Photo by Ralf Merian